a god presiding over and protecting the home, especially in the religion of ancient Rome.
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Compare lares and penates.
Origin of household god
First recorded in 1605–15
Words nearby household god
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British Dictionary definitions for household gods
(in ancient Rome) deities of the home; lares and penates
British informal the essentials of domestic life
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